Electricity plays an essential role in our modern world, but there are many electrical hazards in your home or workplace. It's important to be aware of these dangers and learn how to avoid them.
It's easy to practice electrical safety. Electricity always seeks the shortest path to the ground. It tries to find something it can pass through to get to the ground, like metal, wet wood or water. Since your body is about 70% water, it's also a good conductor.
So, for example, if you happen to touch a faulty appliance or an energized bare wire while your feet are touching the ground, electricity will pass through you to the ground. This can cause a harmful or even fatal shock. It's invisible but very real, so treat it with respect.
Wires run around, through and over our houses, and hundreds or people are electrocuted in their homes and thousands are injured in electricity-related accidents each year. These accidents can be prevented with a little foresight and some common sense.